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One Tiny Lie

(Ten Tiny Breaths #2)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

K. A. Tucker’s One Tiny Lie follows the fortunes of Livie, the sensible Cleary sister, during her first year at College. Livie is the planner of the two girls; college, exams, medical school and a good looking respectable husband.

All does not go according to plan and she soon begins to question her choices over the past few years.  Are her choices for herself or is she complying with her deceased father’s wishes?  With her love life a mess and her party life flourishing, straight A Livie begins her mid-terms with a C- for her favourite subject.

Has Livie turned into Miss Mediocrity?  Will she ever sort out her love life?  Will she cease her hard partying?  And how will her sister, Kacey react when Livie tells her what has transpired during the first few weeks of her freshman year of college?  Will Livie’s grades keep her at Princeton?

Surprisingly all of these question are answered if not directly, certainly indirectly.  As with all good authors there is a twist which helps Livie unravel many of the problems she faces.

I found

One Tiny Lie

an enjoyable read and rated

One Tiny Lie

as a solid

four star read.

And it appears many of K. A. Tucker fans

are like minded

with 82% of readers rating it 4 or 5 stars.

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

One Tiny Lie

an average of 4.27 stars

from 35,104 ratings

and 2,422 reviews.

***

One Tiny Lie

can be purchased online at

 Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***

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If I Stay 

(If I Stay, #1)

Gayle Forman

If I stay was my first Gayle Forman read, however, it won’t be my last.  Initially I found the title confusing and nothing in the blurb gave away he plot either.

Mia is a cellist; and a good one at that.  And at the tender age of 17 she is finding out that life is full of choices.  Practise or hang out with friends.  Practise or go to a concert.  Practise or listen to her boyfriend’s band play.

An unusual fall of snow closes all schools.  Mia’s family decide to go for a drive as the snow has barely covered the ground.  Only a few minutes into their drive something happens which leaves Mia with only one choice to make.  To go; or to stay.  Where?

If I Stay was a good quick read which I enjoyed, however, I’m sure there is some among us who will not enjoy the story.   I did enjoy If I Stay and although I felt the story was simply being padded at times I thought it still worthy of three stars.

The ending is abrupt, although appropriate

I rated

If I Stay

as a threestar read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

If I Stay

an average of 3.94 stars,

from 745,981 ratings,

and 38,989 reviews.

*****

If I Stay

can be purchased on-line at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

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The Stockman’s Secret

by

Mandy Magro

 

Mandy Magro’s The Stockman’s Secret, was my fifth of her books and as usual it is set in Queensland.

 

Juliette is the step-daughter of Little Heart’s minister. Unknown to step-Dad, Juliette and Joel have been seeing each other for some time and have become a couple because both had been the target of school bullies.

Juliette and Joel are attacked one night by these bullies and Joel cannot understand why Juliette wants to keep the attack a secret.

However, when one of the bullies confronts Joel and tells Joel what he will do to Juliette next time, it is more than Joel can bear.

In a bar room brawl, Joel punches Bully.  Juliette breaks up with Joel.  Joel packs his bags and takes a jackaroo’s job a Rosalee station.

 When Joel eventually decides it’s time to return to Little Heart, he finds things have changed quite a lot.  Bully 1, is a respected doctor and Juliette’s husband is trying to make his mark on local politics.  The main questions which need to be answered are:  Will bully 1 get his comeuppance?   Does Juliette still have feelings for Joel or is she happily married?   Will Joel’s family accept his return?

I enjoyed The Stockman’s Secret.

I rated

The Stockman’s Secret

 as a

three star read/audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Stockman’s Secret

an average of 4.08 stars

 from 159 ratings

 and 32 reviews

The Stockman’s Secret

can be purchased online at

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In Her Wake

(Ten Tiny Breaths #1.5, Novella)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

K. A. Tucker’s In Her Wake is not quite a sequel to Ten Tiny Breaths; it’s more like an addition to Ten Tiny Breaths. In Her Wake tells Trent’s side of the story right up until he and Kacey meet for the first time.

I finished reading Ten Tiny Breaths and immediately commenced In Her Wake where we hear of Trent’s back story where many How’s and Why’s are answered.  In essence we hear the other side of Ten Tiny Breaths.  Trent’s side, as opposed to Kacey’s pain and suffering.

In Her Wake joins the Forever Wild novella (also by K. A. Tucker) on my best novellas shelf.

Many other novellas have tried to be complete stories, end abruptly and left me wanting more.  In Her Wake wrapped up loose ends on Trent’s side of the ledger in Ten Tiny Breaths.

The ending to In Her Wake was spot on.  Another word or sentence would have been too much.

For the above reasons I am, again, breaking my three stars only for novellas rule and have awarded In Her Wake four stars as an addendum to Ten Tiny Breaths.

 At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

In Her Wake

an average of 4.1 stars

from 6,102 ratings

and 621 reviews.

***

I rated

In Her Wake

as an enjoyable

four star read.

***

In Her Wake

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***

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Ten Tiny Breaths

(Ten Tiny Breaths #1)
by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

 

K. A. Tucker’s, Ten Tiny Breaths follows Kacey Cleary’s life after her parents, boyfriend and best friend are killed by a drunk driver.  Miraculously she survives the crash which also killed two of three occupants of the offending vehicle.    Fifteen year year old Livie, Kacey’s younger sister tries to be a steadying influence while Kacey resorts to sex, alcohol and drug to ease the survivour’s guilt and pain she feels.

 

It takes a visit from Uncle Raymond, to young Livie’s bed, one night to bring Kacey out of her spiral.  Together the girls run to Florida, rent an apartment and start a new life, with a grumpy landlord, a single mum, and a sexy good looking guy next door. Trent.

The question is not will but when will Kacey succumb to sexy good looking guy’s charms.

Ten Tiny Breaths may be cliched, however, I found Ten Tiny Breaths to be an enjoyable and reasonably quick read.

 At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Ten Tiny Breaths

an average of 4.12 stars

from 72,123 ratings

and 5,747 reviews.

***

I rated

Ten Tiny Breaths

as an enjoyable

four star read.

***

Ten Tiny Breaths

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon 

***

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The Void

(Alex Hunter #7)
by

Greig Beck

 

A few years ago we visited Alaska, where a large part of The Void is set, and I am so pleased I read Grieg Beck’s, The Void after our visit.

Being a believer of ‘life out there’ I was hooked the moment I heard of an object coming from outer space, and on a collision course with an American spaceship.  The intrigue only increased as said object changed its course to follow the astronauts in their ship.  A crash landing in a crater in Alaska makes the ideal spot for our extra-terrestrial bodies to begin their earthly life.  However, our extra-terrestrials were not counting on Alex Hunter and his team to intervene.

While circling earth photos had been taken of every missile silo in the world.  Hunter’s mission was to retrieving the memory card (from the spaceship) which contained all these images.  The Russians and their new breed of soldiers were also interested in finding the downed spacecraft for the same reason.

 

The Void has the same never a dull moment pace and intrigue as any of Greg Beck’s previous books and I, again, thoroughly enjoyed Sean Mangan’s narration of The Void.

******

I think

The Void

is a

read.

***

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

The Void

 an average of 4.24 stars

from 697 ratings

and 67 reviews.

The Void

can be purchased online at

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Flame Tree Hill

by

Mandy Magro

 

Flame Tree Hill was my fourth Mandy Magro book and according to Google it was Ms Magro’s eleventh which explains why I thought it her best read/listen so far. 

In the past 18 months I have read several authors’ works and while a first book generally is okay storylines improve as an author’s body of work grows.

Flame Tree Hill dealt with some country issues I can relate to as a country boy.  However, the main issue and primary focus of Flame Tree Hill, is breast cancer.

Chapter one sees Kirsty Mitchell thinking of returning home to her family property, Flame Tree Hill, located just out of Cairns in Far North Queensland.  She is out on her first cattle muster when she has to scratch an itch and before we know there is a distressing diagnosis at hand.

From there we follow the highs and lows of an on again and off again romance and insecurities associated with breast cancer and its treatment.

I enjoyed Flame Tree Hill, however, I am not a fan of the topic.  Flame Tree Hill has a nice ending particularly as a revelation threatens to break the romance. 

 

I rated

Flame Tree Hill

 as a three star read/audiobook

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

Flame Tree Hill

an average of 4.13 stars

 from 248 ratings

 and 39 reviews

Flame Tree Hill

can be purchased online at

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The Two Lost Mountains

(Jack West Jr, #6) 
by

Matthew Reilly

 

Matthew Reilly’s The Two Lost Mountains is the sixth in the series of Jack West Books, follows directly on from The Three Secret Cities.  Again Jack West Junior is doing battle with the various leaders and influencers of The Four Legendary Kingdoms.

 

Initially I found The Two Lost Mountains difficult to read.  The first third of the book seemed to take forever to read while the latter two thirds passed very quickly.  Although, overall, I enjoyed The Two Lost Mountains I find that I am growing tired of our heroes doing battle with the same or similar, villains.   And I hear there is a One lost/found/missing title still to come.

 

As usual, The Two Lost Mountains sees Matthew Reilly putting Jack West through all sorts of trials in his efforts to outwit and defeat the leaders of The Four Legendary Kingdoms.

 

As with all the Jack West books The Two Lost Mountains may be read as a standalone novel or as book six of the series.   If you are new to Matthew Reilly books be prepared for references to Secret Cities and Four Legendary Kingdoms.  There references are only minor, in my opinion, definitely not long winded references as with some other authors.

 

I did not pick the ending although I was asking myself how Reilly was going to end this novel.

 

Matthew Reilly fans will enjoy

Jack West’s adventure.

 

I have rated

The Two Lost Mountains

as a 

four star read.

 

At the time of completing my review

other Goodreads readers had awarded

The Two Lost Mountains

an average of 4.30 stars

from 1,660 ratings

and 186 reviews.

******

 

 

The Two Lost Mountains

 can be purchased on-line at 

Amazon‎Booktopia, and Fishpond

 

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Forever Wild

(The Simple Wild, #2.5)

by

K. A. Tucker

***

 

K. A. Tucker’s Forever Wild is a sequel to Wild at Heart and features Calla’s and Jonah’s adventures/romance in Alaska.

Both sets of parents are soon to arrive for Calla’s first Alaskan Christmas with Jonah at Trapper’s Crossing.

Tension mounts as in-laws arrive bringing with them their own ideas of right and wrong and causing clashes with Jonah mostly, while Calla simply changes the subject to diffuse arguments.

 Jonah and Calla are more settled than the last time we paid them a visit.  Their life is good except for one minor detail…a wedding date is still not fixed.

I thoroughly enjoyed Forever Wild and felt that some of the spark of the original Calla and Jonah (The Simple Wild) was back with us. Their personalities seem to have matured.

There is just one complaint about the Forever Wild novella, and that is simply that it is only a novella.

 On the plus side it is probably the best novella I have read.  Other novellas have left me wanting more.  Forever Wild wrapped up all loose ends and even provides a nice ending which bodes well for another Wild book.  For these reasons I am breaking my three stars only for novellas rule and have awarded Forever Wild four stars.

 

At the time of writing my review,

other Goodreads readers have rated

Forever Wild

an average of 4.43 stars

from 4,880 ratings

and 823 reviews.

I rated

The Simple Wild

as an enjoyable

five star read.

At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers have rated

Forever Wild

an average of 4.43 stars

from 4,841 ratings

and 820 reviews.

***

Forever  Wild

can be purchased online at

Booktopia, Fishpond and Amazon

 ***

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When the Snow Gums Dance

by

Anne McCullagh Rennie

When the Snow Gums Dance another enjoyable read by Anne McCullagh Rennie, commences in Snow Gum country in Victoria’s Alpine region and features Kylie Harris who is the ski queen of her local district.

Neither Kylie nor her sister Gwen is happy when their parents decide to move to Dunk Island to run a resort.  The girls want snow and so they decide to head off Canada’s Whistler snow fields to work the season.  While in Whistler they are asked to stay on and work the next season in Aspen.  A big mistake!

After returning to Australia Kylie’s next move is into aid working in Papua New Guinea.  While there she bumps into Danno a boy who she had teenage crush on many years prior.  However, again fate intervenes.   After completing her time in Papua new Guinea she is only days away from returning to aid working, this time in Sri-Lanka, when fate deals another card.

Legend has it that if two people kiss beneath the snow gums, the result will be a love greater and more potent than any other on the face of the earth.  The question is, will Kylie find her one true love after a snow gums kiss?

When the Snow Gums Dance is an easy read, fast paced, romance by Anne Rennie.  It is devoid of coarse language and heavy sex scenes.  When the Snow Gums Dance, a breath of fresh air after reading other novels which almost revolve around the bedroom.

If you like good clean storylines I feel certain that you will love Anne McCullagh Rennie’s novels.

I have rated

When the Snow Gums Dance

as an enjoyable

read/audio

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At the time of writing my review

other Goodreads readers

have awarded

When the Snow Gums Dance

an average of 3.47 stars

from 30 ratings

and 7 reviews

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When the Snow Gums Dance

can be purchased online at 

Fishpond, Booktopia and Amazon

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